I love the look of old things. I found an awesome old scrapbook at a sale for $5. The binding was hurting so I saved the front and back covers and added my own pages. I wanted to embellish it with old buttons but didn’t have ones that looked old enough. So . . . I made my own.
Planning on making some yourself? You can use ‘old’ buttons to make jewelry, set in a cute teacup, or adorn your own art journal.
Want to make your own ‘antique buttons?’ Simple.
- Red colored paint (Brand I used was Folk Art)
- Brown colored paint (Brand I used was Folk Art)
- Yellow colored Yellow paint (Brand I used was Folk Art)
- Tim Holtz Dark Brown Distress Crayon
- Distress Oxide Ink
- The How To: Mix Red and Brown to get a Rusty color. Mix Yellow and Brown to get a Mustard color.
- Take a small paint brush or paper towel and dab a little Rusty Brown paint on the brush or towel. Rub it lightly on the buttons in a circular motion. Let the paint dry or use a heat tool.
- Do the same with Mustard Yellow paint.
- Rub a little Dark Brown Distress Crayon on your finger and apply on top of buttons. Water it down a little if needed.
- Swipe a Medium colored Brown Distress Ink pad on a slick surface. Spritz with water. Then take a paint brush and apply randomly on the buttons.
- I used Mod Podge to adhere the lace onto the muslin to create and strengthen the binding. I also added different paints in the grooves of the lace to add to the distressed look.
Enjoy making new things old.
Warmest creative wishes,